The Rest-Frame UV Spectrum of Elliptical Galaxies at High Redshift

  • Alvio Renzini
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP)


Beyond redshift ~1.4 the only spectral feature that allows one to get the redshift of passively evolving galaxies (PEG) with optical spectrographs is a characteristic structure due to a set of iron and magnesium lines lines at λ≃eq 2600–2850 Å in the rest frame. The same feature permits also to estimate the time elapsed since the cessation of star formation. Current efforts at observing high redshift PEGs at the VLT and SUBARU telescopes are briefly reviewed.


Star Formation High Redshift Elliptical Galaxy Synthetic Spectrum Early Type Galaxy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alvio Renzini
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  1. 1.INAF–Osservatorio Astronomico di PadovaPadovaItaly

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